Wooster’s Halie Luc has been anxious for Saturday’s 5K Indian Mud Run since summer 2013.
“I wasn’t old enough to run in it last year, so I watched my mom do it,” the 14-year old said. “But this year, I wanted to make sure I was in it.”
Halie was one of the youngest of about 650 participants from across the area, the state and as far away as New York for the third annual event, which was at Lake Park.
The 5K adventure race traversed all parts of Lake Park and featured around 30 obstacles from start to finish, which challenged novice and experienced mud runners.
According to race coordinator Hubie Cushman, about 70 percent of the money raised went to the Friends of the Park organization. The remaining money was distributed among Coshocton County fire departments that worked and helped with the event.
Unlike the previous two years, Cushman faced some unexpected challenges in preparing the course this year, namely the weather.
“Our goal was to add more mud to the course, and Mother Nature took care of that for us,” he said. “Because of all that rain, there were a lot of things that we just couldn’t add because of the weather. But the show had to go on.”
Halie was one of hundreds of competitors who were complimentary of the layout.
“I slipped and fell a lot, but it was a lot of fun to run and get dirty,” she said. “It was a great physical challenge, and I will definitely be coming back.”
Another competitor, 45-year old Minerva resident Don Moeglin, traveled with 20 to 25 other people and made weekend plans surrounding the event.
“I ran in this last year and really liked it,” he said. “So this year, we planned a camping trip around this event and it’s something I plan on doing yearly for as long as I can.”
Another race coordinator, Dan Shaw, was impressed with the range of people that participated.
“I’ve seen everything from people who are extremely fit to people who just want to push and test themselves run in this,” he said. “It’s a great course that challenges anyone, and I think it will only get better.”
Although it is unclear how much money was raised, Cushman was happy with the turnout and appreciative of all the volunteers.
“So many people do so much to make this event run, and we can’t thank them enough,” he said. “It’s so gratifying for all of us to hear the competitors say thank you and that they will come back next year.”
Lori Shaw thinks the event will only develop and grow, as long as they can get some help in the days leading up to and on event day in the future.
“If we can’t get the community’s support, it’s going to be tough to keep things going,” she said. “Any help in terms of volunteers that we can get from the area in the future would be greatly appreciated.”